REVIEW: Parasites / BraceFace / Jetty Boys / Outrights 4-way split 7″

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CoverHere’s a 7″ record that I was pretty excited for, a four way split between the Parasites, BraceFace, Jetty Boys and Outrights. It comes by way of Eccentric Pop records and features a new song by each band! The Outrights are the only band I hadn’t heard of on here. Their song ‘Let’s Dance’ is a pretty rad rock/power pop song though there’s not a lot to the lyrics besides the song title. The Jetty Boys always with their long songs have the longest on this with ‘Stranger’ but it’s also super fucking catchy like their songs also are. I really don’t know how they do it, normally with a pop punk song over two minutes they don’t hold up too well but the Jetty Boys do it every time. Though the real gem of this record is the other side, it’s got the paring of the legendary Parasites and local (for me) pop punkers BraceFace! The Parasites song ‘Never Mean That Much To You’ is incredible, I love the new footing the band got when they released ‘Solitary’ and this song is one that would fit perfectly on there. This is by far the best song on here. Finally we’ve got BraceFace with ‘Cold Feet’ you’d think following the Parasites would be a disadvantage but BraceFace steps up to the plate with the second best song on the record. This one goes in my BraceFace top five. If you haven’t gotten into these guys yet you need to jump on that shit. Listening to them back to back with a band like the Parasites really shows you how good they are. So what’s not to like about this record? Four new and great songs by four rad bands go buy it.

1. Parasites – Never Mean That Much To You
2. BraceFace – Cold Feet
3. The Outrights – Let’s Dance
4. Jetty Boys – Stranger

Get it from Eccentric Pop Records HERE

REVIEW: Skinny Genes: Meh

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CoverSkinny Genes is a very highly anticipated band for a lot of pop punk enthusiasts, it’s the band of Ace. You know, the guy from the Steinways and House Boat that has a few songs but they’re really great and you wish he had his own band. Well now he’s got his own band and it’s about as great as you’d expect it to be. ‘Meh’ instantly won me over with a Simpsons reference then kept my favor with five fucking great songs. These aren’t just Steinways or House Boat songs by Ace; the entire band has a different sound than those previous ones (though nothing drastic). Anyone that’s a fan of pop punk needs to own this, it’s so fucking great. Out on Bloated Kat Records so go buy it now. Right now.

1. Old Man Yells At Cloud
2. Comfortably Dumb
3. No Service
4. Worst
5. Mansion Shack Apartment House

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

REVIEW: The Tone: Demo

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CoverThe Tone is a new band from Mike that use to be in The Eeries. Similar to the Eeries it’s got a heavy old rock vibe to it but there’s also a nice amount of power pop sound. This is their demo, it’s only five songs but that’s more than enough to get the band down, and it’s a band you don’t wanna miss out on. If you dig stuff like The Poppees and Paul Collins’ Beat then The Tone should be right up your alley. You can score the 7″, the digital version or the tape if you’re into that.

1. Long, Long Time
2. I’ve Got Your Troubles (You’ve Got Mine)
3. Don’t Wanna Go
4. Boss
5. Not Long Now Soon

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REVIEW: The Punchlines: It Ain’t Funny

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CoverSomewhere between stand-up comedy and pop punk band there is The Punchlines. Members of The Strait A’s/The Turkletons they got jokes and jokes and jokes. This 7″ has ten “songs” none of which I think are over a minute. They’re pretty much just one liners and simple jokes turned into songs. I’m not sure if you’d go and call this a gimmick band but if you want to I’ll allow it. The most important thing is that everything on here is pretty great. I can see how some soulless people may not be into this but as a fan of jokes and pop punk I’m totally down with this record. It’s out on Bloated Kat Records, as if any pop punk 7″ wouldn’t be. Go buy it; it’s cheaper than going to a comedy club, though there may still be a two drink minimum.

1. About Halfway
2. The Bartender Gives It To Her
3. Brooklyn, They’re Everywhere
4. None
5. He Turned His Car Into a Driveway
6. Make Me One With Everything
7. 40 Dollars (Why Do You Need 30 Dollars?) (Here’s Your 20 Dollars)
8. They Do It Together (But I Don’t Know How They Get Inside)
9. Scottie Poopin
10. Why The Big Pause?

Get it from Bloated Kat Records HERE

REVIEW: Candy Hearts: Miles & Interstates

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CoverCandy Hearts went big time and have joined Bridge Nine Records, for some reason B9 seems to be signing a number of pop punk bands recently, at least they’ve got some good taste. Miles & Interstates isn’t only a Bridge Nine endeavor though; Violently Happy Records also has a hand in this one. None of that should influence your decision to buy the record though; all that really matters is if you like the Candy Hearts. I’d be a little confused if your answer to that was no because they’ve got it all going, catchy great songs that you can listen to a thousand times and not get sick of them. Miles & Interstates is another example of that especially since this has the same song twice (basically). First we’ve got ‘Miles & Interstates’ you’re standard incredible catchy Candy Hearts song, it’s really fucking good guys. Then we get the acoustic version of ‘Miles & Interstates’ it’s also a really great version but after hearing the full band version it really sounds like it’s missing something. Still, it seems like all Candy Hearts songs would translate to acoustic very well and this is just an example of that. Finally closing out the short EP the band covers a Descendents song ‘Nothing With You’, the Descendents cover was a bit of a shock; honestly I expected it to be way better. It’s (mostly) acoustic and it’s pretty good but I was expecting some greatness, still it came out alright. Overall the Miles & Interstates EP is pretty good, personally I’d recommend listening to it backwards (B side first) because the normal version of Miles and Interstates is the best song by far on here but all of it is pretty solid.

1. Miles and Interstates
2. Miles and Interstates (Acoustic)
3. Nothing With You (Descendents Cover)

Get it from Candy Hearts HERE

Get it from Bridge Nine Records HERE

REVIEW: Aspiga/Among Giants

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CoverSay-10 Records brings us a split between Aspiga and Among Giants. Both bands have two songs here. Aspiga has a couple of pretty good punk songs. The first one ‘Direction’ is the better of the two; it’s a really good song. Though I do dig ‘Old Hobbies’ as well. The Among Giants side is great across the board. Like Aspiga their first song ‘In The Jungle’ is the better of the two but both songs are really damn good. Hop on over to Say-10 and scoop up yourself a copy of this one.

1. Direction
2. Old Hobbies

Among Giants:
3. In The Jungle
4. I Care About Everyone I Meet

Get it from Say-10 Records HERE

REVIEW: Old Wives/The Blendours

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CoverEccentric Pop Records bring us all this great split from Old Wives and The Blendours two great bands that don’t have a ton of stuff out there yet. This is a prefect split for the two of them; hopefully soon you’ll be hearing way more of both bands. The Blendours side is super-fast and poppy. Basically I imagine this is what a sugar rush would sound like if it was recorded in music form. It reminds me of a lot of the really good pop punk bands from the 90’s too. The Old Wives is insanely early Green Day sounding, you might thing Lookout Records had a hand in this one after listening to that side. Every single song is really fucking good. The first song ‘The Grown Up, The Fuck Up’ is worth the price of the record alone. Make sure you hit up Eccentric Pop Records or one of the bands to get this record as soon as you can.

The Blendours
1. Molly E.
2. Artifical Meat
3. B-L-E-N-D-O-U-R-S
4. Teenage Drag Queen
5. Johnny’s Goin’ Nuts
6. Blind Date
7. Hump Me to Sleep
8. Paralyzed
9. I Hope You Die

Old Wives
10. The Grown Up, The Fuck Up
11. Sucks To Grow Up
12. Here We Go Again
13. Squash That Bug
14. Its All Over Here
15. Better Without Me

Get it from Eccentric Pop Records HERE

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